The parents of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich have returned to D.C. and are reaching out to the public in hopes of turning up new leads in their son’s case.
On the morning of July 10, Rich, 27, was shot in the back while waking home, and police say he was a victim of a botched robbery. Conspiracies over this explanation have risen since his wallet, watch, and cell phone were not taken.
Joel and Mary Rich met with reporters on Monday and disclosed new information pertaining to the case, and pleaded for any additional information that can help them out. As they spoke to reporters they stood with Washington republican lobbyist Jack Burkman.
“He fought with them and whoever did it, they have some bruises they have blood on them so if you saw anybody running in alleys, if you saw anybody coming home who was bruised and bloodied please call the police let them check it out,” Seth’s mother said.
Joel and Mary told reporters there were no shell casings found at the scene, which indicates their son was likely shot with a revolver.
They also revealed what Seth’s girlfriend heard over the phone as he walked home that morning. “She heard some voices or something she asked are you home, he said yeah, I’m a block away, I’m home and he said I have to go and put the phone back in his pocket and two minutes later he was shot and what happened in those two minutes we would love to know,” Joel explained.
“We have to get the word out to the people who might know something who don’t watch the 10 o’clock news,” Joel Rich said as they brought attention to fliers listing a $125,000 reward in this case, $100,000 of which has been put up by Burkman.
“D.C. is like a political fraternity, this could have happened to any one of us, it could have happened to my republican staff, it could have happened to my democratic staff, I have people working for me and often in those same neighborhoods so it’s just something that tugs on your heart strings,” Burkman said.
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